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Romantic Parisian Engagement Session

There’s a lot of love about Paris — the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Versailles, croissants – and now we can add this absolutely breathtaking engagement shoot to the list. Each dress, rented from Ma Bonne Amie, fulfills every being-in-love-in-Paris fantasy a girl could conjure. All this, of course, is perfectly captured by Ian Holmes. So make sure to head on over to the full gallery for more Parisian inspired romance.


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From  Ian Holmes Photography… Kelly & Tan recently got engaged, Tan proposing whilst over in Vienna. Traveling again through Europe they decided to have an engagement shoot in Paris. Kelly packed two outfits specifically for the shoot but really wanted a third dress for the final shots. I put her in touch with Ma Bonne Amie in Paris who rent out some truly beautiful gowns. One of which you can see modeled perfectly by Kelly in the final images. A big thanks to Catherine O’Hara for assisting and Chloe from Ma Bonne Amie who was kind enough to come along on the shoot and take care of details.

Dress Hire: Ma Bonne Amie | Photography - Assistance: Catherine O'Hara

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Romantic Paris Wedding at Four Seasons George V

Ah, Paris, I love you. Of all the destinations, sweet Paris radiates elegance like no other. Effortlessly, too. And my proof is in Ethan Yang‘s breathtaking imagery today. Paired with a stunning Bride donning an Inbal Dror dress, I can’t help but be mesmerized by every single shot. See them all in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… Paris – It was certainly a dream come true. Shortly after we got engaged and about a year leading up to our special day, I had countless variations of where and how our wedding would turn out to be. The common theme amongst my many visions was that this wedding, wherever it ended up being, was inevitably destined to be intimate and elegant.

By channeling our passion for fashion, the arts and beautiful architecture, Paris was simply the perfect choice. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate opportunity to celebrate our unity by planning a hopelessly romantic wedding and an once-in-a-lifetime trip for all of our friends, family and most importantly, for each other.

Now that once the destination was decided, we had a couple of options: a chateau wedding? A wedding in a hotel? We wanted to make traveling for guests as easy as possible without having to rent a car or traveling more, so we decided on a hotel. My vision was romantic yet elegant. After contemplating on many inspiration boards and color themes, I decided on blush, crème and champagne as I thought it would best fit the Four Seasons George V for our wedding. I wanted to incorporate similar colors to the rich, romantic feel of Parisian arts and décor and thought those colors would best compliment because they were subtle yet sophisticated.

Planning a wedding from abroad in a country that I was unfamiliar with; with the language barrier, different time zones and working fulltime (right, ladies?) made this an experience of a lifetime. Every moment, beginning from the day we started planning up until the very last minute of the wedding night was truly a memorable one.

After the ceremony, as we were taking pictures, we were greeted by waving, applauding pedestrians. The genuine smiles from the strangers helped us express the love we had on this fantasy day in Paris. The wedding day was more beautiful than anything I could have ever dreamt of – from the gorgeous weather to the view of the Eiffel Tower from our hotel suite, the intimate group of our family and friends were the perfect people to share the momentous day with. On a warm, spring night, the romantic sophistication of Paris swept through the air and our wonderful photographers – Ethan and Karis, did an amazing job capturing this special day that will allow us to reminiscence in true color for the rest of our lives.

Believe it or not, After only a couple weeks of dating, Jun bought me a Jimmy Choo Passport Cover for Valentine’s Day and wrote, “So we can travel in style together.” Little did we know that would come true. In fact, the passport cover was the same material and exact design line as my reception shoes, unintentionally! That there told me it was meant to be. The first gift I had ever received from Jun became an essential to our wedding and we sure did “travel in style.” Escaping to Paris was the perfect solution to being truly relaxed and having fun, while still having a stylish wedding.

We wanted to incorporate the elegance of the Four Seasons and the delicacy of the French language to the décor as much as possible. Since our intimate wedding required four guest tables, it was the perfect idea to name the guest tables after each season in French. This enabled us to thematically decorate each of the four guest tables’ flowers by the color and tone of each season. So fitting yet, so unique as we found the words “printemps, été, automne, and hiver” absolutely beautiful and motivational to use for our décor.

Our escort cards – I wanted these to be particularly unique since there are so many variations of escort cards. I wanted them to be special and something that would set the theme for the wedding and would stand out. I thought, why not feathers since I incorporated them into our wedding invitations?

The only thing that was DIY was those feathers, feathers, feathers. I went to numerous craft stores in the city to look for the PERFECT feathers. Now many know, feathers do not come in perfect condition; flimsy at best. I finally made it to a craft store that most students from Parsons and FIT go to to get their fabric and found just the right amount of white feathers and bought their whole stock. Most, if not all, were in horrible condition which I knew would be a huge project.

First, I had to cut out “sample” escort name cards to see how it’d fit and how much I had to cut from the stem. After testing and wasting many, I trimmed the sides of every feather and made it primp and proper. Second, I used a flat iron and curling iron to fix the ends and hair sprayed each one so they would stay in tact. I was worried how “in tact” they would be during the travel and making it to Paris. That was something I’d worry about later. Third, had to go back and trim each one to make each look as similar as possible – from the length to the dimensions of the feathers as they would be standing up. Fourth, I Inserted them into thick books to flatten and straighten the strands out more. Waited a few more hours and Voila! Perfection. Fifth, I gave my MOH dimensions of the escort cards that I would want cut out so she could type in each guest’s name. We picked the perfect font to match the feathers and my theme, and I printed them on card stock and cut them to stick onto the stems of the feathers. We found a styrofoam box at our florist’s and spray painted it glitter gold and made it a base for the feathers to stand on. The amount of feather hair and dust we ate from these, I cannot tell you. We looked like a sweatshop spread out with different sections of each feather. All in all, it took 5hrs to finish and I could not tell you how proud I was in making my perfect, yet unique escort cards that guests would remember. If I had to do it all over again, I would.

Photography: Ethan Yang Photography | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: American Church In Paris | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris | Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: Four Seasons George V | Feather Escort Card: DIY | Flowers For Reception: Jeff Leatham | Reception Dress: Pnina Tornai | Shoes (Ceremony): Valentino | Shoes (Reception): Jimmy Choo | Tuxedo: Tom Ford

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Chic Parisian Elopement Shoot

My lovely little sister is currently in the midst of planning her very own Parisian elopement and let me tell you, loves, I am more than just a tad bit jealous.  Especially since I have been spending my morning gazing at this bundle of gorgeous inspiration from Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de Mariages and Rebecca Yale Portraits. Because this, my friends, is a Paris “I do” at its absolute finest.  See soooo much more right here.

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From Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de MariagesRebecca and I came together to create a beautiful inspiration editorial for a chic Parisian elopement. Even though we live and work in Paris we don’t have a lot of opportunities to do a typical Parisian shoot. Paris is an endless source of inspiration. The city is so magical and romantic, we are never tired of seeing the Eiffel Tower or the streets of Montmartre. Everything in Paris from the cafés to the streets and buildings has a romantic touch everywhere you look. We wanted to style this elopement as a romantic escape in Paris: rose poudré, French roses, croquembouche from the famous Angelina, the streets of Montmarte – all the ingredients to a perfect and glamorous elopement in Paris. With this in mind, it made perfect sense start our day at the Eiffel Tower which is a stunning backdrop and takes our breath away every time. There is nothing quite as iconic as La Tour Eiffel and is the perfect spot to say intimate “I do’s.”

The second Parisian place we absolutely wanted to take pictures at was Angelina’s. Perfectly located on the Rue de Rivoli with its grand arches, this famous French pastry boutique and tea room is an institution in Paris, the symbol of the Parisian “art de vivre” for more than a century. It was Coco Chanel’s favorite place for her morning cappuccino. She used to come to Angelina every day while she was living at Le Meurice next door and sit at the same table. Angelina is launching a new collection of French wedding cakes and the chef created a masterpiece for us – the gorgeous and classic croquembouche. Next we took a stroll in Montmartre strolling down the cobblestone streets, perfect for lovers who want to take a quiet moment and discover Paris. Michaël Leal created a classic French bridal bouquet with French roses (Pierre de Ronsard), whites and blush pinks for a romantic touch. He also staged the croquembouche from Angelina’s, showing how classic Parisian flowers can add another layer of elegance to a dessert table. The delicacy and softness of the flowers added a classical yet lovely touch to the cake. The gorgeous bride with her elaborate and romantic updo wore a lovely couture wedding dress by Parisian designer Christophe-Alexandre Docquin paired with stunning Chanel earrings as another nod to classic Parisian elegance and grace. In true Parisian style we combined a classic Parisian designer with a fabulous new one for a romantic and grand wedding getaway in Paris.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Event Planning: Vanessa & Caroline - Créatrices De Mariages | Floral Design: Michaël Leal | Wedding Dress: Christophe Alexandre Docquin | Wedding Cake: Angelina Paris | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Angelina Paris | Jewelry: Chanel | Hair Stylist: Ciara Costenoble Coiffure | Address Label: Mister M Studio | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Make Up Artist: Charles Gillman Cosmetics Paris | Ring Designer: Swarovski

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